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'Last Ditch' Type 99 Arisaka w/Provenance

Article about: Hi guys! I got this Arisaka from my anthropology professor today. His dad brought it back (most likely from Okinawa) after serving aboard the USS Guadalupe (AO-32). It's a very late type 99,

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    Hi guys!

    I got this Arisaka from my anthropology professor today. His dad brought it back (most likely from Okinawa) after serving aboard the USS Guadalupe (AO-32). It's a very late type 99, all matching, but with a ground mum. It's a 34th series rifle from the Toyo Kogyo Arsenal. It's a neat rifle with a neat history. The metalwork is horrendous, though. I'm afraid to fire it...

    My cat is fascinated with militaria photography. She comes running every time I take pictures of anything.
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    never seen a cat with 4 legs and 1 arm before in my life.

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    That is a nice example. The ground mums were done after the official surrender.
    Every Naval vessel that put into a Japanese port after the beginning of the occupation all crew members were given a Japanese rifle for a souvenir. The rifles captured on the Islands had the mums intact.

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    Great rifle Mo. Congrats.........!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Nice rifle,I have one of the TJK 27th series LD rifles......Pete.
    JEDEM DAS SEINE

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    Thanks guys! I'm glad I got to it before one of his other students did.

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    That is a great looking last ditch 99 and a matching bolt to boot. Excellent!!!
    The metal work doesn't look that bad for a last ditch. I would shoot it.

    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    Very interesting info Steve. My Uncle sent back a Japanese rifle from the Pacific, he was a Navy guy. It did have the Mum still intact, so now I know how that happened. He was part of the Occupation also so must have sent it earlier when on the Islands. Unfortunately, back in the 1970's during a move from Missouri to Texas the rifle disappeared...we think the moving crew pinched it.

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    Nice rifle, certainly late war produced due to the wooden butt stock.

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    Nice piece of history, enjoy. Marty

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